Friday, June 24, 2011


1861 was a busy year!  The following things are 150 years old this year:
F.O. Stanley was one of the first to drive the Mt. Washington Auto Road
in one of his newfangled steam powered automobiles!
[from the Mt. Washington Auto Road Archives]

1. The American Civil War

2. Longfellow’s poem “The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere”

3. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

4. The Mount Washington Auto Road

5. Color Photography

6. The Pony Express delivers a letter from New York to San Francisco, July 3

7. The US Government imposes the first income tax to pay for the Civil War on August 5th

8. The flush toilet was patented Jan. 17th

Famous Births in 1861:

Solomon R. Gugenheim, 2 February 1861, philanthropist

Motilal Nehru, 6 May, 1861, Indian Freedom Fighter

Alice Hathaway Lee Roosevelt, 29 July 1861, 1st wife of Theodore Roosevelt

Edith Kermit Carow Roosevelt, 6 August 1861, 2nd wife of Theodore Roosevelt

James A. Naismith, 6 November 1861, invented basketball

Lillian Russell, 4 December 1861, US singer/actress

Famous Deaths in 1861:

Elisha G. Otis, 8 April 1861, US elevator tycoon

Stephen A. Douglas, 3 June, 1861, US senator

Elizabeth Barrett-Browning, 29 June, 1861, writer

Eliphalet Remington, 12 August, 1861, designed the Remington rifle

Prince Albert, 14 December 1861, consort to Queen Victoria

Copyright 2011, Heather Wilkinson Rojo

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